When you want to examine your model more closely, you can add a cross section so that you can see a sliced view of your model. You can also use measurement to find the distance between two points on your model or cross section. Both of these can then be saved in a snapshot. Snapshots remain private in your model file until you choose to add them to a story and then share the story with others. We’ll discuss stories in more depth later, but know that a story is used for collaboration purposes.
- To create a cross section, do the following:
- From the model toolbar, click Section Tools .
- Use the following tools to update the plane.
- Drag the slider to move the plane through the model.
- Click Reverse to switch the side of the model that’s visible.
- Click Align Plane to select the X, Y, or Z axis to rotate your plane to align to that axis.
- To measure the distance between two points, do the following:
- From the model toolbar, click Measurement .
- Click two points on your model. This includes points on the cross section.
A label with the distance in millimeters appears, and the Measurement Details window shows the distance, part names, and the X, Y, and Z axis deltas. To reposition the Measurement Details window, hover over , and drag the window to a new location. The window remains in that location for all measurements until you reposition it again.
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